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News, views and upcoming events

Mike Burrell has a video update for Pānui this week, of initiatives and events coming up that we want to make sure you're aware of. You can click the image above to watch on SBC's Youtube channel, or go directly here.

Blog: Moving Beyond Diversity - the why and the how

Continuing our launch of Moving Beyond Diversity, Robert Perry (SBC's Manager Thriving People), has written a blog post setting out what our Thriving People ambition means in practical terms, and sharing a couple of key insights driving the work. We need our members to join us in making change, and we're taking RSVPs for our Moving Beyond Diversity workshops until tomorrow, 5pm. 

Reducing single-use plastic on building sites

Construction company Naylor Love has been working with Unitec and Mitre 10 MEGA to identify and design out plastic waste on construction sites where possible. Their first joint initiative trials reusable timber pack covers to protect timber, eliminating a major source of single use plastic on building sites.

SBC members represented in Colmar's Reputation Index

The 2021 Colmar Brunton Corporate Reputation Index Rankings have been released. Held in partnership with Wright Communications, the 2021 Index includes many SBC members (and CLC) in the top 20 - congratulations Air New Zealand for taking the top spot for the seventh year in a row, as well as Toyota, Fisher & Paykel, Kiwibank, Countdown, ASB, Z Energy, Zespri, The Warehouse, Fisher & Paykel, New World, Auckland International Airport, and NZ Post.

Wellington Export Awards

The 2021 Wellington Export Awards have been launched by BusinessCentral, with a new award focused on sustainability. Sponsored by Toitū Envirocare, the Excellence in Sustainability Award recognises businesses that embed sustainability into the fabric of their business – achieving international growth, while having a positive impact on both people and planet. Enter your company here.

Sharing The Load

Westpac NZ has released their Sharing The Load report, working with Deloitte to explore the attitudes held by Kiwi couples towards the division of paid and unpaid work. The modelling revealed the economical impacts, the barriers for women achieving better financial wellbeing, and how businesses can lead the way on closing the gender pay gap and adjusting parental leave schemes. 

SDGs summarised

In case you missed the SDG panel discussion earlier this month with thinkstep-anz, SBC, and other organisations, thinkstep-anz have published a new blog post summarising the insights and experiences shared. 

Reporting corner: AMP

AMP has published their 2020 Sustainability Report, outlining how they supported community wellbeing and environment throughout the year. This includes reducing their carbon emissions by 70% from 2019, partnering with Toitū Envirocare.

Job opportunities 

Toitū Envirocare - Sales Coordinator and Business Development Representative, Auckland.
Contact Energy - Assistant, Environment, Otago.

With respect, from SBC

It is with great sadness that we received the news that the Chief Executive of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Andrew Crocker, has died suddenly. The SBC and CLC team send our sincere condolences to Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Andrew's whānau. 

SBC events

We are monitoring Covid-19 developments closely and will advise of any changes to upcoming events.


Sustainability Fundamentals 101

Tuesday 25 May, Auckland | Tuesday 1 June, Wellington

 9am - 4:30pm

SBC and EY have partnered to develop a free, one-day course that provides you with the foundational knowledge needed to confidently engage with environmental and social sustainability issues. Join us here.


Moving Beyond Diversity workshops

Spark HQ, Auckland | 3 June, 15 July, 28 August, 9am - 1pm

SBC’s first Thriving People initiative aims to improve diversity and inclusion in our workplaces. We will be holding a series of in-person, three half-day wānanga to start the conversation about how we are individually and collectively best able to create workplaces in which people feel they belong. Find out more and join us.


Climate Change and Business Conference 

Aotea Centre, Auckland | Wednesday & Thursday, 13 - 14 October

SBC and Climate Leaders Coalition are pleased to be partnering with the Environmental Defence Society to deliver the Climate Change and Business Conference this year. Invites have been sent, with early bird registration opening 7 June. For more information, check out their website. Please send any questions to

SBC member events

We are monitoring Covid-19 developments closely and will advise of any changes to upcoming events.


HR Virtual Summit: Breakthroughs | Diversity and Inclusion

Online & Auckland | 23 June 2021, 9am - 1pm

Join the HR Virtual Summit to explore the breakthroughs in diversity and inclusion happening within New Zealand organisations, with insights into the latest trends, best practice, and the sharing of personal stories of strength and success. Register here.


Defining the North Stars for your strategy

Auckland | 26 May 2021, 3pm - 5:30pm

The ambitious 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be at the heart of thinkstep-anz’s upcoming workshop in Auckland. The hands-on event will guide organisations on incorporating SDGs into their strategies, featuring speakers such as SBC's Manager Leadership Jay Crangle and Sanford. Register here.


How much sustainability action is enough? Future Fit Business Benchmark

Auckland | 27 May 2021, 12pm - 1pm

Organisations often struggle to define and measure sustainability in a way that explains the end-goal, and it can be challenging to set goals that provide a consistent and lasting focus. The Future Fit Business Benchmark is an open-source framework that helps you define and measure sustainability, simplifying the process to creates a pathway with clear next steps. Register here.


IAG Climate Change Adaptation Event: The Policy Response 
Park Hyatt Auckland | 4pm - 7pm, Thursday 10 June
Come along to IAG's second event in the Climate Change Adaptation series, to hear from Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw, along with Climate Change Commission and Ministry for the Environment representatives, about how the Government’s response will affect Kiwi businesses. Register here.

More about SBC events. For other low emissions events, see the Climate Leaders Coalition events calendar.

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20 May 2021

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